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Harvard Day with the Harvard Club of Chennai

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Mon, Sep 8, 2014

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Mon, Sep 8, 2014

Greetings from the Harvard Club of Chennai! As you know, it’s an interesting coincidence that Harvard University turns 378 on Sep 8th, while Chennai turns 375 years old.

To commemorate this occasion, we have a special event planned on Sep 8th, 7pm at The Forum Art Gallery (#57, 5th Street, Padmanabha Nagar, Adyar, Chennai, 600020, India).

Cartoonist Biswajit Balasubramanian and Pianist Anil Srinivasan have joined forces to put up thematic cartoons about life in Chennai/Harvard, with a tune to go with each cartoon.  There will also be a brief talk on SAI and its projects. The program and mixer starts at 7pm, so please be on time.  The charge for this event is INR 1200 per person, to be paid in cash at the event to Club Treasurer Sridevi Raghavan.

Please RSVP to kviswanathan@premediaglobal.com.

Cosponsored with SAI and the Harvard Club of Chennai.


Mobile Technology: Spurring Social and Economic Enterprise in Emerging Markets

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Thu, Aug 28, 2014

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Thu, Aug 28, 2014

A conversation with Tarun Khanna, Director of the Harvard South Asia Institute & Jorge Paulo Lemann Professor, Harvard Business School

Professor Khanna will speak about SAI’s role as a bridge between Harvard faculty and South Asia, as well as his research on emerging markets and mobile technology, coordinated by SAI.

The use of mobile phones has become ubiquitous in South Asia – not only as a tool to close the information gap, but a powerful device to promote economic growth in emerging markets. Professor Khanna’s research hopes to broaden the understanding of mobile technology and how it can enable economic and social mobility, particularly for those most in need through improvements in healthcare, education, and financial services.

By invitation only.


Mobile Technology: Spurring Social and Economic Enterprise in Emerging Markets

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Wed, Aug 13, 2014

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Wed, Aug 13, 2014

Tarun Khanna, Director of the Harvard South Asia Institute & Jorge Paulo Lemann Professor, Harvard Business School

Professor Khanna will speak about SAI’s role as a bridge between Harvard faculty and South Asia, as well as his research on emerging markets and mobile technology, coordinated by SAI.

The use of mobile phones has become ubiquitous in South Asia – not only as a tool to close the information gap, but a powerful device to promote economic growth in emerging markets. Professor Khanna’s research hopes to broaden the understanding of mobile technology and how it can enable economic and social mobility, particularly for those most in need through improvements in healthcare, education, and financial services.

By invitation only. 


Chaat Welcome Back Party

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Mon, Sep 8, 2014 at 05:00pm

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Mon, Sep 8, 2014 at 07:00pm

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CGIS South Concourse
Harvard University

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CGIS South Concourse
Harvard University
1730 Cambridge Street
Cambridge, MA 02138

Celebrate the start of the school year with the Harvard South Asia Institute (SAI)!

  • Enjoy delicious food from all over South Asia.
  • Meet representatives from student groups across Harvard that focus on South Asia.
  • Learn about SAI’s internship and funding opportunities.

 

If you are interested in representing your South Asia focused student group at this event, please email us at sainit@fas.harvard.edu.

 


Legends of India: Ustad Shahid Parvez Khan and Pandit Anindo Chatterjee

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Sat, Sep 20, 2014 at 07:00pm

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Sat, Sep 20, 2014

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Paine Hall

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Paine Hall
Behind 1 Oxford Street Music Building
Cambridge, MA

The SPK Academy, the LearnQuest Academy of Music and the Harvard South Asia Institute are excited to present an Indian Classical music concert by two world renowned musicians: sitar maestro Ustad Shahid Parvez Khan and tabla maestro Pandit Anindo Chatterjee. The on-stage chemistry between these musical virtuosos is simply electrifying and their performances always take Indian Classical music to new heights. Join the many passionate fans of these two living legends of India for an inspiring and memorable evening of music.

Co-Sponsored with Shahid Parvez Khan Academy and Learnquest Academy

Doors open at 6:15PM. Pre-purchased ticket prices: $55, $35, $10 (students). At the door: $60, $40, $15 (students). Available at the Harvard Box Office website.


South Asian Poets Meeting

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Sat, May 17, 2014 at 03:00pm

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Sat, May 17, 2014 at 05:00pm

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CGIS South, S010

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CGIS South, S010
1730 Cambridge Street
Cambridge, MA

The annual South Asian Poets Meeting will be hosted on May 17, 2014, from 3 PM to 5:30 PM in CGIS-010, 1730 Cambridge Street, Cambridge MA. The topic this year is “Mother Tongue,” “Matrubhsha” in Hindi.  Poems in any South Asian or related languages are welcome.  In lieu of an original poem, one can read a classical poem in one’s language.  There will be Hindi, Urdu, Bengali, Punjabi, Nepali, Gujarati, Marathi, Tamil, Kannada, Telugu, Malayalam, Kashmiri and Oriya participation.

Poets in these and other languages are invited.

Please contact Dr Bijoy Misra at bmisra@fas.harvard.edu to join the reading.

The following poets will read:

Dinesh Shah – Gujarati  –  (The Lamps of Humanity)
Pramod Thaker “Krishnaditya” – Gujarati – “Bhasa”   (Language)
Chandrakant Shah – Gujarati  – bhasha  (Mother Tongue)
Amandeep Singh – Punjabi – “Maa Boli”
Maneesh Srivastav – Hindi – “Yaadon ki Sanduk”
Sejal Kothari – Gujarati  – Kavita
Sunayana Kachroo –  Hindi-Kashmiri- “Nalmott”  -A Hug
Sajed Kamal – Bengali – “Ekushe Mane” (The Meaning of Ekushe)
Syed Ali Rizvi – Urdu – “nazm”
Paromita De –English –
Bijoy Misra – Oriya –“Maa o Matrubhasha”
Arun Chaudhari – Marathi –
Maya De – Bengali – Indrachaap
Alok De – Bengali – Amar bhasha
Janmejay Shishupal – Marathi- Namanjur
Badiuzzaman Nasim – Bengali – Amader Ghore Nayee
Abha Chaudhari – English –
Vijay Bezawada – Telugu –  Kaalam Maarindi ( Times have changed ).
R. Balachandra – Kannada – Nammuru (My Home Town)
Shiva Gautam – Nepali


Global Literature Book Group: Behind the Beautiful Forevers

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Mon, Mar 31, 2014 at 07:00pm

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Mon, Mar 31, 2014 at 08:00pm

Discussant: Shankar Ramaswami, South Asia Institute South Asian Studies Postdoctoral Fellow

Join the Harvard Global Health Institute and the South Asia Institute in a live webinar discussion for K-12 educators of Behind the Beautiful Forevers by Katherine Boo.

Annawadi is a makeshift settlement in the shadow of luxury hotels near the Mumbai airport, and as India starts to prosper, Annawadians are electric with hope. Abdul, a reflective and enterprising Muslim teenager, sees “a fortune beyond counting” in the recyclable garbage that richer people throw away. Asha, a woman of formidable wit and deep scars from a childhood in rural poverty, has identified an alternate route to the middle class: political corruption. With a little luck, her sensitive, beautiful daughter—Annawadi’s “most-everything girl”—will soon become its first female college graduate. And even the poorest Annawadians, like Kalu, a fifteen-year-old scrap-metal thief, believe themselves inching closer to the good lives and good times they call “the full enjoy.”

But then Abdul the garbage sorter is falsely accused in a shocking tragedy; terror and a global recession rock the city; and suppressed tensions over religion, caste, sex, power and economic envy turn brutal. As the tenderest individual hopes intersect with the greatest global truths, the true contours of a competitive age are revealed. And so, too, are the imaginations and courage of the people of Annawadi.

With intelligence, humor, and deep insight into what connects human beings to one another in an era of tumultuous change, Behind the Beautiful Forevers carries the reader headlong into one of the twenty-first century’s hidden worlds, and into the lives of people impossible to forget.

Register now to attend this session. The first 15 K-12 educators who register will receive a free book – see instructions on registration form.

More information about Global Studies Outreach at Harvard.


Foreign Correspondence in South Asia

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Fri, Apr 11, 2014 at 04:00pm

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Fri, Apr 11, 2014 at 05:30pm

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CGIS South, S250
Harvard University

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CGIS South, S250
Harvard University
1730 Cambridge Street
Cambridge MA

Jonathan Shainin, News Editor, newyorker.com; Former Senior Editor, The Caravan

Hasit Shah, BBC News, London, Nieman Fellow

Ravi Nessman, South Asia Bureau Chief, Associated Press; Nieman Fellow

Chair: Matthew Baum, Marvin Kalb Professor of Global Communications, Harvard Kennedy School


Sacred Geographies: India and the United States

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Fri, Apr 18, 2014

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Fri, Apr 18, 2014

A conversation with Diana Eck

Diana EckFredric Wertham Professor of Law and Psychiatry in Society at Harvard University, invites Harvard alumni and friends to join her in a conversation about India: A Sacred Geography. Eck’s book explores the sacred places of India, taking the reader on an extraordinary trip through the beliefs and history of this rich and profound place, as well as providing a basic introduction to Hindu religious ideas and how those ideas influence our understanding of the modern sense of “India” as a nation. Additionally, she will address the Pluralism Project, which explores and interprets the religious dimensions of America’s new immigration; the growth of Hindu, Buddhist, Sikh, Jain, and Zoroastrian communities in the United States.

By invitation only. 


Globalization and Sustainability of Bangladesh Garment Industry

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Sat, Jun 14, 2014 at 08:00am

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Sat, Jun 14, 2014 at 06:00pm

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CGIS South, Tsai Auditorium S010
Harvard University

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CGIS South, Tsai Auditorium S010
Harvard University
1730 Cambridge Street
Cambridge, MA 02138

Bangladesh Development Conference 2014 

Read the report from the event.

The objective of this year’s conference is to explore the linkages among development, garment sector and health and safety issues in Bangladesh.  It will highlight the actors and factors that impinge on this linkage at national and global levels. The deliberation will explore how the development partners can more effectively facilitate and assist in solving the key problems for sustaining the competitiveness of Bangladesh garment industry. How to enhance the role international community and of industry experts for practical solutions will come up for discussion.

The seminar is bringing together experts, industry people, NGO representatives and practitioners from development agencies and high level policy makers from Bangladesh and the USA. Participants will include representatives from Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA) and Bangladesh Knitwear Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BKMEA), other manufacturers, international brands and retailers, workers rights groups, international labor organizations, United Nations Agencies, and representatives from international financial institutions.

The organizing committee invites you to attend this seminar and to participate in the discussion dealing with aspects of the global economy, garment industry, trade and development in the context of Bangladesh garments and apparel industry and the role of international community and development partners.

The day-long seminar is cosponsored with the Harvard Center for Environment (HUCE) and Harvard University Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics.

Schedule:

7:30 AM – 8:00 AM  Registration & Breakfast
7:45 AM – 8:00 AM  Welcome Addresses
8:00 AM – 9:30 AM Session 1: State of Bangladesh Garment Industry
9:30 AM – 11:00 AM Session 2: Globalization and Labor Standards
11:00 AM – 12:30 PM  Session 3: Trade and Investment Cooperation – Worker rights and Safety
12:30 PM – 1:00 PM   Lunch Break
1:00 PM – 2:30 PM  Session 4: Working Condition, Fire and Building Safety Challenges
2:30 PM – 4:00 PM  Session 5: Responsible and Sustainable Sourcing
4:00 PM – 5:30 PM   Session 6: The Role of International Development Partners
5:30 PM – 7:00 PM Concluding session

For further information, please contact:
Mohammed Iqbal Yousuf, Coordinator
Tel. 617-416-9036
E-mail:  mohammed_yousuf@dfci.harvard.edu

Register here.

Please note: This event is free and open to the public.


Poverty and Development in South Asia

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Thu, Apr 24, 2014 at 05:00pm

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Thu, Apr 24, 2014 at 06:30pm

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Charles Hotel

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Charles Hotel
1 Bennett St
Cambridge, MA 02138

SAI Mahindra Lecture

Sir Fazle Hasan Abed Founder and Chairperson of BRAC

Introduction: Martha ChenLecturer in Public Policy, Harvard Kennedy School; International Coordinator of the global research-policy-action network Women in Informal Employment: Globalizing and Organizing

Sir Fazle was born in 1936 in Bangladesh. He was educated both at Dhaka and Glasgow universities. He was a professional accountant in his thirties, working as a senior corporate executive at Shell Oil, when the 1971 Liberation War had a profound effect on him, dramatically changing the direction of his life. He left his job, moved to London and devoted himself to Bangladesh’s war of independence. There, he helped initiate a fundraising and awareness campaign called Help Bangladesh.

When the war was over, he returned to the newly independent Bangladesh, finding the economy in ruins. Millions of refugees, who had sought shelter in India during the war, started returning to the country and their relief and rehabilitation called for urgent efforts. It was then that he established BRAC to rehabilitate the returning refugees in a remote area in north-eastern Bangladesh. He directed his policy towards helping the poor develop their capacity to better manage their lives. Thus, BRAC’s primary objectives emerged as alleviation of poverty and empowerment of the poor. Under his leadership, in the span of only four decades, BRAC grew to become the largest development organisation in the world in terms of the scale and diversity of its interventions.

Reception to follow.

More information here.


Harvard India Conference

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Sat, Feb 15, 2014

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Sun, Feb 16, 2014

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Harvard Business School, Harvard Kennedy School

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Harvard Business School
100 Western Ave.
Boston, MA 02163

Harvard Kennedy School
79 John F. Kennedy St.
Cambridge, MA 02138

Join us at the 12th edition of the India Conference at Harvard to exchange powerful ideas, kindle new partnerships, question the status-quo and push your peers and yourself to shape your idea of what India in the 21st century stands for. The theme of this year’s conference is India, Turning the Page: Prospects and Paradoxes and speakers include Pawan Munjal, CEO of Hero Corp; Gen V.K. Singh, Former Chief of the Indian Army; Barkha Dutt, Group Editor, NDTV; Aruna Roy, Political and Social Activist; Ambassador Shyam Saran, Bollywood Director Shakun Batra and many more. Panel topics cover a wide range of interests such as Tourism and Hospitality, Global Implications of Indian politics, the LGBT rights movement, Women interaction in the corporate world and the Future of impact investing in India, among others.